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Microsoft's School of the Future

Microsoft's "school of the future" makes big promises.

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This story appears in the February 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Old school tales of trudging five miles through the snow to get to class may give way to accounts of glitchy laptops and faulty interactive whiteboards. A $50 million "School of the " backed by Corp. opens this September in , and it may redesign ideas about as thoroughly as has changed the workplace.

Microsoft is providing consulting and technology to the new 180,000-square-foot , which is being built by the School District of Philadelphia to serve 750 students. Each pupil will get a PC, and teachers will present lessons on interactive whiteboards that are connected to the internet, equipped with speakers and capable of playing DVDs.

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